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William McCraw

William McCraw was born in 1824 or 1825.  I believe he was an artist (but have yet to check this).  He was on parade with DO Hill at the Royal Review in Queen's Park in 1860.

Studios

After working in partnership with George Simpson for a couple of years, William McCraw appeared in the trade directories under his own name, describing himself as Photographic Artist.

McCraw continued to work under his own name  throughout the period 1859-83, working from five different studio addresses over this period, including several years at 79 Princes Street.  More photographic companies chose this address than any other for their studios.

William McCraw was described in 1861 as Photographic Artist employing one male and one female.  [Census: 1861]   His studio was then at 3 South Hanover Street and his home address was 1 Hanover Street. 

However the backs of his photos sometimes gave the address 5 Hanover Street.  See here for further details.

Simpson & McCraw

William McCraw went into partnership with George Simpson Teacher of Drawing, to form Simpson & McCraw in 1857-58 

The following year, he established his own photographic business.

Edinburgh Photographic Society

William McCraw gave lectures to EPS:

- 1867:  Exhibition of a Series of Photographic Enamels

- 1869:  Printing on Ivory by Various Methods

McCraw's Enamels

The enamels provided to EPS on 19 June 1867 were referred to in the British Journal of Photography:  [BJP:  1876, p.318] 

"Mr McCraw then exhibited a number of enamels, which were examined with much interest and were very much admired, several of them being considered quite equal to the best of those that have hitherto been done only in France.

 It was stated that Mr McCraw was willing to produce them for the trade, and, if necessary, could supply the copies within twenty-four hours after getting the negative.

Several members promised to bring specimens of M. Camerasac's enamels to the following meeting for comparison with Mr McCraw's, and the latter kindly offered to make one of the President for presentation to the Society.

The following EPS Meeting, on 17 July 1867 examined enamels by McCraw and Camerasac.  It was reported that:

"As arranged at the previous meeting, Mr McCraw showed several more of his enamels, and there were also some of Camarsac's exhibited.

The latter are well known, and it his high praise, but not more than the truth, to say that some of Mr McCraw's were quite equal to Camerasac's.

They were much admired, and the general opinion seemed to be that there was now no need to send out of Edinburgh to get enamels made.

Exhibitions

1st PSS Exhibition, Dec 1856

William McCraw exhibited two frames, each containing 12 collodion stereoscopic views in the 1st PSS Exhibition in 1856.

He patented the “New Porcelain Process” in 1857. 

4th PSS Exhibition, Dec 1859

In the 4th PSS Exhibition in 1859, he exhibited 20 frames of photos, all from collodion negatives, including a tableau containing twenty-eight of the Edinburgh Town Council during the Provostship of Sir James Melville and a portrait of the Late Lord Provost.  

The Press was not impressed by the latter.  They wrote:

"The portrait of the Late Lord Provost, however, is the least successful; he looks as if he were enduring physical pain, having much the appearance of a martyr at the stake.".      [Evening News:  24 February 1859]

 

Photographs in Exhibitions  1839 to 1865

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EdinPhoto - Home Page      Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.      At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.            At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photogrpahers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this web site.

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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